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  • Quarter final super rugby and the stadium looks pretty empty. Sad state of super rugby in AU,
  • Agree with Mark - don't get it. Don't need to be reminded that my sandwich was a beauty chook. ,
  • I just published “The Cannes Conundrum” ,
  • Church in London has a little cafe in the entrance serving Allpress coffee. How good is that. God and coffee to go. ,
  • That flight to London is one epic trip. Thanks for an enjoyable flight.,
  • Must read for all marketers... ,
  • ... instead correlate TV to commercial outcomes, not online viewing ,
  • ... but buying TV so people watch you on YouTube while trying to sell Tide... that's more than strange ... ,
  • Another reason TV is so important a part of the Mix - spillover into online engagement ... ,
  • Well that's a change. Might be better to focus on the tech stuff though. And the need for lots of it. ,
  • Some beautiful coffee kit here... ,
  • Further evidence that the IRB are nearly as out of touch with rugby performance as the ARU ,
  • Acquisition is important for growth... But if its is just replacing loss, it isn’t growth – it’s just churn .. ,
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Cingularly Bizzare

According to AdAge, the Cingular name will be dropped in 2007 in favor of, wait for it, AT&T Wireless. It was totally baffling to me when they dropped SBC – which resonated as a more contemporary brand than AT&T. But dumping the Cingular brand just strikes me as nuts! So, you build a brand that is a magnet for youth; reflects hi-tech, and attracts a real market – and then you kill it. This pretty much says it:

Karl Barnhart, managing director, CoreBrand, New York, a former AT&T agency, agreed that changing the Cingular name “doesn’t make sense.” Cingular’s brand is “relevant for the younger audience; it’s a fun, hip, interesting, dynamic — everything you don’t think about AT&T.”

I get that if they start doing bundling then then a core brand for all services might resonate. Frankly, I am more likely to buy that brand from Cingular who I don’t associate with slow moving service and years gone by. They should take every dollar they might have spent on this brand transition and put it towards getting consistent billing systems in place, launching new VOIP services and driving the cost of DSL down.

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